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World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles records

 Collection 0458-SCPA-WASBE

The World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles is an organization of wind band conductors, ocmposers, performers, publishers, teachers, instrument makers, and devotees of wind music. The organization is dedicated to enhancing the quality of the wind band throughout the world as well as broadening the horizons of its members through the promotion of new repertoire, cultures, places and peoples. Membership is open to all.

The collection includes organizational records, directories, copies of the WASBE magazine and newsletter, and copies of their libraries of printed and recorded music.


  • 1981-2019, undated

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use. Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room during SCPA’s operating hours. Please contact the curator for an appointment or if you have questions related to digital access of the materials.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Copyright was not transferred to the University of Maryland with the gift of any copyrighted materials. All rights remain with the creators and rights holders. The University of Maryland Libraries is granted permission for the use in scholarly research by the Libraries’ patrons under fair use in Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act.

To inquire about duplication of materials for research or for publication, please contact SCPA’s curator.


1.0 Linear Feet

Content Description

2 boxes totaling 1 linear foot of organizational records consisting of papers and publications.

Biographical / Historical

The World Organization of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) was formed in 1981 as an international conference for conductors, composers, and publishers in Manchester England. It was first convened by Frank L. Battisti, assisted by William Johnson and Timothy Reynish. This first venture saw three hundred participants from Europe, Africa, North America and Asia convene for discussions, concerts, seminars, and fellowship. They also elected a board of directors to form the organization and planned a subsequent biennial conference for 1983 in Skein, Norway.

WASBE continues to seek dissolution of artistic barriers and borders to enhance wind music worldwide while respecting and embracing cultures across the world. It now includes members from Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, North and South Americas.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of WASBE, via James Ripley, November 20, 2023.

World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles
Jessica Grimmer
November 2023
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Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

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